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The Katherine Drake Hart Award

Community award presented by the AHCA recognizing a deserving citizen of Travis County who made the most impact on our history from a singular achievement or their collective work over time.

Pennington honored with Katherine Drake Hart Award

Gloria Mata Pennington, a community leader and preservationist, has been awarded the 2020 Recipient of the Katharine Drake Hart History Preservation Award. The announcement and award presentation were made today at the AHCA's 2021 Annual Meeting.

 

Pennington was a long-time employee of the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department, authoring A Living Legacy: Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Present and Creating Our Future: Austin Parks and Recreation Department 1928-2003. In addition, she has been instrumental in recognizing and preserving the history of the Hispanic Community in Austin.

AHCA President Lee Cooke, who presided over the Annual Meeting, said Pennington was selected to receive the award over other nominees "because she so perfectly expresses the goals of the Austin History Center Association to promote the telling of the story of Austin’s history.”

The award is named for the late Katherine Drake Hart. She was a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University, and earned her doctorate from the University of Texas in French Literature. She was the first curator of the Austin-Travis County Collection from 1954-1975. 

The Katherine Drake Hart Award is generously underwritten by Joe Bryson, HABITEK International, Inc., and John and Candace Volz.

Gloria Mata Pennington accepts the award from chair of the Katherine Drake Hart Award Committee, Charles Peveto and AHCA President Lee Cooke.

Previous Recipients

1991 - SUE MCBEE

 

1992 - EMMETT SHELTON & DOROTHY DEPWE

 

1993 - AUDRAY BATEMAN RANDLE

 

1994 - DRURY BLAKE ALEXANDER

 

1996 - DEALEY HERNDON

 

1997 - WAYNE BELL

 

1998 - MATT KREISLE

 

1999 - MARIAN B. DAVIS

 

2000 - MARY JO COOPER

 

2001 - BINNIE & DAVID HOFFMAN

 

2002 - BETTY BAKER

 

2003 - KAREN KOCHER

 

2004 - BIRUTA  CELMIN  KEARL

 

2005 - DR. DAVID B. GRACY

 

2006 - ED VAN de VORT

 

2007 - MICHAEL BARNES

                                                                       

2019 - Dr. MAGGIE RIVAS-RODRIGUEZ

Learn more about "Pop the Whip," the sculpture given each year to the winner of the Katherine Drake Hart Award. "Pop the Whip" was designed and sculpted by the late Bob Coffee, a founding member of the AHCA.